Chicken fillets fried Japanese katsu style are paied with spaghetti tossed in tomato cream sauce. This lovely chicken pasta dish has everything for a filling meal.
Pasta in tomato cream sauce
To complete the dish
- shredded mozzarella as much as you like
- chopped parsley
Fry the chicken
- Pound the chicken between sheets of cling wrap until the meat is half an inch in thickness.
- Lay the chicken pieces flat and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Place the flour, beaten egg and panko in three shallow bowls.
- Dredge each chicken thigh in flour; shake off the excess.
- Dip each floured chicken thigh in the beaten egg, making sure that every inch of the surface is coated with egg.
- Roll each chicken fillet in panko. Make sure that the panko coating is even.
- Heat enough cooking oil so that it is at least an inch and a half deep.
- Over medium heat, fry the breaded chicken fillets for two to three minutes per side.
- Drain the chicken on paper towels.
Cook the pasta in tomato cream sauce
- In another pan, heat the olive oil.
- Saute the onion, garlic and oregano for a minute.
- Pour in the tomato sauce.
- Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and bell pepper.
- Sprinkle in a little salt, pepper and sugar.
- Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.
- Stir in the sour cream.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings.
- Toss in the pasta.
- Set aside and keep warm.
Fry the chicken a second time
- Pour more oil into the frying pan so that the depth is at least three inches.
- Turn up the heat to high and fry the chicken fillets a second time until nicely browned and crisp.
- Drain the chicken on paper towels then transfer to a chopping board and cut into half-inch slices.
Assemble the dish
- Divide the pasta among flour plates or bowls, piling on one side only, and sprinkle generously with mozzarella.
- Melt the mozzarella with a kitchen torch.
- Arrange the sliced fried chicken on the other side of the plates or bowls.
- Sprinkle in chopped parsley before serving.
You may use chicken breast fillets but take care not to overcook them as chicken breast meat dries up terribly when overcooked.